Echo Summit Dance Camp 2009

September 18 – 20, 2009

The Latter Day Lizards is a New England based dance band featuring musicians fervent with the desire and talent to ignite flames under your dancing feet. With a wide ranging and hopelessly eclectic repertoire including everything from Irish and Scottish traditional jigs and reels to Balkan, blues, and swing tunes (often juxtaposed to each other), the Latter Day Lizards bring excellent musicianship, playfulness, drama, and unrelentingly infectious rhythm to their dance performances. With Peter Barnes on piano, guitar, and flute, Bill Tomczak on clarinet, saxophone, and drum, Dave Langford on guitar and fiddle, and Stuart Kenney on bass, they blend swing, rock-and-roll, and jazz influences with traditional foot-stomping dance music to make an innovative, spontaneous, and rhythmically inflammatory sound.

Contrazz from North Carolina is a high-energy ensemble known for its driving rhythms and hot music combining the improvisational style and solos of a jazz band with a repertoire of traditionalCeltic,Quebecois,andAmericanold–timemusic. Abandwithaseriousgroove,this ensemble of highly skilled players includes David DiGiuseppe on accordion, Rodney Marsh on saxophone and flute, Bernie Petteway on guitar, Diane Petteway on piano, and Sara Romweber on percussion.

Seth Tepfer is “Atlanta’s Dance Magician,” known for his infectious energy, his short walk- throughs, and his “hash-contras”. Seth’s warm enthusiasm is contagious and gets everyone moving, smiling, and having a great time. Whether squares, contras, or other folk dances, you can be certain that all involved will amble away happy and eager to dance more!

Beth Molaro from Ashville, North Carolina, calls high-energy, turbocharged squares and smooth flowing contras. She is known for her quick, no-nonsense walk-throughs and effective teaching. Beth’s dances are always a guaranteed whoop and holler good time! Dancers are sure to leave with a feel-good dancing high. Beth is also a skilled and exuberant foot percussonist in the Appalachian flat-foot style.